Stadia Ios


Add the Stadia web app shortcut to your home screen On your iPhone or iPad, launch the Safari app. Navigate to and sign into your Stadia account. A prompt will appear letting you know you can play in your browser. The Stadia home screen will appear in Safari. Stadia for what it's worth does work pretty well for me on my iPad. The usual gripes aside from game streaming platforms like this, I just wish I could buy Celeste, Bomberman, and the Hitman games outright because out of that list of games, those are what I'm most interested in. Google Stadia has been expanding a lot lately, but the cloud streaming service has one major caveat for a lot of gamers — it doesn’t work on iOS. A custom browser by the name of “Stadium” enabled. But what I'm really asking is this: is there any hope for Stadia to work on iOS by simply going to 5 points 3 months ago. Is working right now with alternative browser, so is just safari's useragent blacklisted in, maybe when ios 14 is released.

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Google Stadia has finally made its way to iOS over a year after launch. The company’s mobile web beta for the iPhone and iPad, first announced last month, is launching today. That means any Stadia user on either its free tier or its paid Stadia Pro subscription will be able to access their library of Stadia games on Apple devices.

Google, like other competing cloud services, is using mobile Safari due to Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming apps that mean platforms like Stadia can’t exist in their current form on the App Store. Unlike Nvidia’s GeForce Now or the planned mobile web version of Microsoft’s xCloud, however, Google Stadia has a free tier without restrictions and now offers two free-to-play games available (Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R), with more to come. That means anyone with a Gmail account looking to try Stadia can give it a shot on an iPhone or iPad with minimal effort.

Google Stadia now works on both Android and iOS, thanks to its new mobile web app

That accessibility could be key for Stadia’s growth going forward. Much of the early struggles of Stadia, and the many failed or otherwise unknown cloud platforms that have come before it, have to do with a mix of technical issues and economic hurdles, roadblocks that mean actually using the service as your primary gaming platform is more cumbersome and costly than the benefits. But Stadia is in a much different place now than it was at launch. The service not only has a free tier and free-to-play games, but it also has access to high-profile holiday releases like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and the just-released Cyberpunk 2077.

CD Projekt Red’s new open-world sci-fi game has been plagued by bugs and performance issues mainly affecting players on last-gen game consoles, which is a boon for the Stadia version. Google had to shut down a promotion for the game that awarded free Stadia controllers and Chromecast Ultra devices to anyone who preordered or purchased Cyberpunk 2077 on Stadia up to a week after its release due to overwhelming demand.

Adding iOS support may add to the momentum Stadia is experiencing right now. I’ve had access to the beta on The Verge’s Stadia test account for the last week or so where I’ve been testing Cyberpunk 2077 and other games on my iPad Pro and iPhone 11 Pro. It works remarkably well, even with the built-in touch controls.

I wouldn’t recommend relying on those touch controls for anything that requires precise input, but it was nice to know I could still maneuver the Destiny 2 interface using my iPhone touchscreen to perform simple tasks, like carousing the in-game Tower hub to pick up bounties or check my character’s inventory.

Instead of touch, you’re better off using either a Stadia controller or one of the supported Bluetooth gamepads like Microsoft’s Xbox One controller or the Sony DualShock 4, and those controllers work seamlessly via mobile Safari with no issues I’ve encountered so far.

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I will say that you have to rely on a Wi-Fi connection to reliable play on iOS unless you happen to be the owner of a rather rare and situational Ethernet to Lightning or USB adapter accessory. That means you’re not going to get super smooth visuals or performance all of the time.

Still, a lot of the visual hiccups you might experience from using Stadia on an average Wi-Fi connection on a larger screen are not as noticeable when playing on the iPhone or iPad. In particular, I’ve found playing Cyberpunk 2077 on my iPad Pro to be a pretty consistent and solid experience, more so in some cases than on my PlayStation 5 where I find the game often crashes numerous times during a single play session.

Due to Apple’s restrictions, Google says you will need to perform a tiny workaround to get the Stadia web version on your iOS device’s home screen, and it’s created this graphic to explain it:

The big caveat right now is that there are not a whole lot of great games on Stadia that cater to mobile players. I don’t see anyone going out of their way to boot up the new Assassin’s Creed or Cyberpunk 2077 on an iPhone screen, except to marvel at the novelty of it. I think the iPad is primarily where Stadia on iOS will shine for the players who have a nice enough screen, a fast enough connection, and a controller to use.

But iOS support opens up a lot of avenues for Stadia — not just to bring it more players looking for a more robust mobile gaming solution but also to promote cloud gaming to developers making the kinds of games fit for mobile screens. If Google cozies up to more indie developers and starts supporting more of the less graphical-intensive experiences you might see on, say, a Nintendo Switch, that could make Stadia a much more competitive platform.

Google Stadia has been expanding a lot lately, but the cloud streaming service has one major caveat for a lot of gamers — it doesn’t work on iOS. A custom browser by the name of “Stadium” enabled Stadia support on iPhone and iPad, but Apple quickly removed it. Now, the app is back!

Zachary Knox, the developer behind Stadium, tonight revealed that the app is back with version 1.2. This latest version was approved by Apple and is now live in the App Store for all to download.

However, there’s a bit of a catch. This new version of Stadium may not act quite as stable as the previous version if you’re using a Bluetooth controller. Now, instead of connecting different iOS APIs in a way Apple took issue with, Stadium uses one custom user agent to get Stadia to work and then overrides it after to allow the gamepad to work.

This new method of connecting gamepads should work, but sometimes iOS won’t play nicely with Stadia through the Stadium browser. Knox says that it does work, but sometimes it fails.

Bluetooth controllers might work. Using the “Override User Agent” I mentioned, Stadia should properly support the Gamepad API, but iOS doesn’t always seem to pass that through. I have gotten it to work more than once, but definitely not every time I tried.

That’s certainly unfortunate, especially because it means that users who already had the previous version of the app may be updated automatically to this new, not quite as stable version. On the bright side, the Stadia Controller should still work perfectly fine as it bypasses Bluetooth altogether.

You can download Stadium from the App Store now. To get the app running, you’ll need to follow Knox’s full instructions.

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